Homa Wins Playoff Over Finau at Riviera PDF Print E-mail


Max Homa celebrates after winning in his hometown at Riviera.




Pacific Palisades - Max Homa missed a 3ft 4 inch putt on the home

hole in front of his idol (and tournament host) Tiger Woods that

would have sealed the win at storied Riviera, instead he needed

two sudden-death playoff holes to dispatch Tony Finau for the

Genesis Championship title.

Finau, seeking his first win since 2016, had his own chance to clinch

the victory with a 6 ft birdie putt on George Thomas' masterpiece,

the drivable tenth. Both players finished regulation at 12 under par -

Finau fired a final round 64, while Homa shot a bogey free 66.

Sam Burns began Sunday’s final round at with a two-shot lead, looking

to notch his first PGA Tour win. He came out hot - making birdie on two

of his first three holes out of the gate, then two more at the seventh and

ninth producing an opening nine 31. In command, Burns faltered on the

inward side, making bogeys at the 12th, 14th and 15th to fall out of the

lead. The 24 year-old former former LSU Tiger standout finished a shot

short of the playoff with a final round 69 - solo third.


"I don't know if I could ever do anything cooler in golf than this," said

Homa, who closed with a 5-under 66 and played his final 26 holes at

Riviera without a bogey. "Tiger Woods is handing us a trophy, that's a

pretty crazy thought. We grew up idolizing him, idolizing Riviera Country

Club, idolizing the golf tournament. To get it done, it's almost shocking.

It feels like it just can't be topped for me."


World No.1 Dustin Johnson finished tied for 8th (-6 total) after a final

round 72.


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